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Tazewell County CONNECT | Tuition-Free College

Please read these Eligibility Conditions before applying. Updated January 2024.

  1. Students must apply for admission to SWCC and meet entrance requirements.
  2. Students must complete the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in its entirety and any verification requirements as communicated by the Financial Aid office.
  3. Students must graduate high school with a 3.0 GPA and maintain a 3.0 GPA to retain eligibility.
  4. Funds are available for up to 4 continuous semesters following high school graduation, beginning no later than the fall term after high school graduation. (If a fall or spring term is skipped, this disqualifies you from the program. Summer semesters are not eligible for this funding and must be skipped.)
  5. Students must be residents of Tazewell County since January 1st of their high school graduation year, graduating from a school in Tazewell County.
  6. Complete 8 hours of community service each term with a 501C3 organization or government entity. Community Service hours must be completed in Tazewell County during the same term as when county funding is applied. Students must turn in the Volunteer Hours form by deadline (same date grades are posted), or they will be disqualified from the program. **form and volunteer locations found at sw.edu/volunteer
  7. Please complete your TCC application online at sw.edu/tazewell-county-connect by the deadline of May 1st. It is recommended to complete this regardless of what Financial Aid you think you will receive and regardless of the college you plan on attending. If not completed and your situation changes after the deadline, then you will not be eligible without an application on file.

*Students who live outside of Tazewell County are NOT eligible for this program. Students graduating from a school outside of Tazewell County are NOT eligible. Funding is last-dollar and is only available for tuition. This means that if you qualify for other types of Financial Aid to cover your tuition, you will not receive TCC in addition to that (you will only receive one or the other). Funding and eligibility requirements are contingent upon approved county budget set by the Board of Supervisors, each year by July 1st. Course Specific fees are not covered under this funding.

**Students should complete the SWCC Scholarship Application at https://swcc.awardspring.com by the deadline of March 31st to determine if they are eligible for additional funds to help with books, etc.

For more information regarding Tazewell County CONNECT, please contact: Jessica Ellis, Financial Aid Specialist at 276-964-7291, 276-964-7724, or jessca.ellis@sw.edu

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All Locations: 2-Hour Delay on Monday, January 22, 2024.